Photo gallery: A look back at Fall Semester 2022 Welcome Week

Two VU students strapped in and enjoying an inflatable bungee run.

August 22, 2022

It was great to see so many new and familiar faces as we welcomed students back to campus for the 2022-23 academic year. Welcome Week was packed with fun and unique events. We look back at a splendid first week.

VU students sitting together to form the letters "VU."

Students showing off their Trailblazer spirit at New Student Orientation.

A group of students playing Basketball at dusk.

Hooping it up at twilight.

Many students dancing together at the Silent Headphone Disco

Students partying under the stars at the Silent Headphone Disco at the Intramural Fields. They are dancing and singing at the top of their lungs because no one can hear them.

Trailblazer Willie dancing at the Silent Headphone Disco.

Our beloved mascot, Trailblazer Willie, tearing up the dance floor at the Silent Headphone Disco!

Two VU students holding food and and a milkshake.

Monday means Movie Night at Jefferson Student Union. "Rudy", one of the greatest sports movies of all time, plus free food, trivia, and prizes brought the students out.

Rudy Ruettiger signing his name on a shoe.

The next night, the real-life Rudy and Notre Dame football legend who inspired the movie, "Rudy", shared his life story with VU students, faculty, and staff at Red Skelton Performing Arts Center. Rudy Ruettiger also signed autographs and posed for photos.

A VU students being shown a caricature of herself.

Students took a break from classes for the Blazer Block Party. They enjoyed a lively afternoon of caricatures, lifesize bowling, and airbrushed tattoos.

A group of students playing Jumbo Jenga together.

More fun in the Sun! Playing an epic game of Jumbo Jenga at Welcome Back Picnic.

A group of students playing muscial chairs in the gym.

At Rock the Rec, students showed no mercy during a rousing musical chairs contest at the Student Recreation Center.

A group of students posing for a photo during the glow in the dark bowling competition.

Rock the Rec is lit! Blacklight bowling at the Bowling Center.

Week one is in the books. We are looking forward to all the amazing experiences and entertaining activities ahead for Fall Semester 2022.